(Larson and Phoenix Racing)
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) development driver Kyle Larson will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) in Phoenix Racing’s #51 Target Chevrolet SS. Larson has just one career start at CMS. On May 25, 2013 he competed in the NNS race where he started 18th and finished fourth.
Larson, who is competing in his first full-time season in the NNS, currently sits ninth in series point standings with 8 top-five and 15 top-ten finishes in 29 starts. The Elk Grove, Calif. native also has two starts this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with one win at Rockingham Speedway and a second-place finish at Eldora Speedway.
As I have written over this race season, WOMR believes that Kyle Larson has great potential to become a Sprint Cup super star! If his past track record in midgets and sprint cars are any measuring stick for his future in NASCAR, this young man could follow right in the rather large foot steps of two very good sprint car drivers that you may have heard about over the past decade or two, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.
WOMR does realize that those are huge footprints to be walking in, however, Larson is a very talented race car driver. I have witnessed his driving talents on several occasions, and this young man tends to water your eyes with talent!
Case in point:
Larson shows up to the second night of midget and sprint car racing at the famed Calistoga race track in the heart of the California wine country, takes a few hot laps prior to the race kicking off, and was logging times as fast as the regulars from the BCRA midgets and the CRA sprint car series. Larson started the midget feature in about 4 place, and within three laps took the lead, and never to relinquish it. Ka-ching, he wins $10,000 for the midget feature!
Thirty minutes later, Larson starts the wingless 410 sprint car feature in the same starting position, about 4th. It takes Larson about 15 laps to hunt down the leader, Mike Spencer. Larson dogs him like a bounty hunter, and with two laps to go, Larson blows by Spencer to rack up another $10,000 for that win! Ka-ching!
Watch this young man. Even though, it will take a couple of years, at the Sprint Cup level, for him to adapt to “the NASCAR 3400 lbs door slammers”, I believe that you will be hearing good things about Mr. Larson!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!